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      Rich Osthoff - A Brief Bio

Rich Osthoff is the author of three fly-fishing books:

Active Nymphing--Aggressive Strategies for Casting, Rigging, and Moving the Nymph  (Stackpole Books, 2006)

No Hatch To Match--Aggressive Strategies For Fly-fishing Between Hatches   Rich Osthoff(Stackpole Books, 2001).

Fly-Fishing The Rocky Mountain Backcountry (Stackpole Books, 1999)

Rich Osthoff has also written on fly-fishing and fly-tying for many magazines, including Outdoor Life, Flyfishing & Tying Journal, American Angler, Fly Tyer, and Midwest Flyfishing.

     Rich Osthoff guides fly-fishing for trout on his home waters—the fertile spring creeks of  western Wisconsin.          
     He markets his innovative trout, steelhead, and warmwater flies directly to fly fishers throughout the country via his mail-order fly catalog(published on this website).          
     And he speaks frequently at fly-fishing events.

     Rich Osthoff has fished extensively throughout the Rocky Mountains, from the famed rivers to the remote golden trout lakes of the backcountry. His first book, Fly-Fishing The Rocky Mountain Backcountry,is based on 20 summers of hiking and fishing throughout the wilderness areas of the Rocky Mountains and is considered by many experienced backcountry anglers to be the bible on backcountry fly-fishing. From the trophy golden trout waters of the Wind River Range, to rocketing rainbows deep in the bowels of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, to the premier westslope cutthroat trout rivers of Montana and Idaho, it’s the only first-hand account of exploring wilderness waters throughout the Rockies.         
     Rich Osthoff’s second book, No Hatch To Match, is loaded with insights into fly-fishing resourcefully between hatches.  From anticipating temperature-induced feeding binges, to prospecting at a productive pace, to identifying and exploiting niches of active trout, you’ll find innovative techniques and strategies for fooling trout between hatches on demanding public trout waters, from your local streams, to the famed rivers and alpine lakes of the Rockies.         
     Rich Osthoff’s new book, Active Nymphing, includes an eye-opening 52-page chapter on compelling reasons to move the nymph, rather than dead-drifting so dogmatically. Ultimately, it is moving the nymph on a tight line, not dead-drifting on a slack line, that gives you precise manual control over the speed, path, and the behavior of the nymph. Also includes a major chapter on fly-casting weighted nymphs with high line speeds and near dry-fly accuracy. Active Nymphing is full of dynamic nymphing strategies that bring much of the precision and visual excitement of dry-fly fishing to the nymphing game. It will take your nymphing to new levels of success and enjoyment on all types of trout water, from spring creeks, to rivers, to lakes.
     Rich also enjoys fly-fishing for smallmouth bass, particularly the trophy smallmouth bass of the Quetico/Superior canoe country, and has developed several potent topwater and subsurface flies for smallmouth bass.
     He lives with his family in western Wisconsin. He is a member of the St. Croix Rod Factory Team.


       *Signed books are available directly from the author.
             *A 15% Discount is offered for 2 or more books.

For more detailed information on Active Nymphing, No Hatch To Match, or Fly-Fishing The Rocky Mountain Backcountry, or for pricing and ordering information,
click here.


Rich Osthoff markets his innovative fly designs directly to anglers aroundthe country via his mail-order catalog (available on this website).You’ll find the key imitative flies for cracking mayfly, caddis, and midge hatches, plus outstanding attractor dries, nymphs, and streamers for working trout between hatches. Rich’s high-performance surface and subsurface flies for warm water fish, including smallmouth bass, are among his most popular patterns. He also ties soft-hackle steelhead/salmon flies designed specifically for Great Lakes tributaries. Competitive pricing. Volume discounts.
To see Fly Photos, click here.
To see the  Fly Catalog, with detailed fly descriptions and pricing, click here.
To see the Fly Order Form, with ordering information, click here.


Rich Osthoff guides fly-fishers for trout on his home waters—the fertile spring creeks of western Wisconsin. Chicago, the Twin Cities and Milwaukee are all within a 2- to 4-hour drive of dozens of streams that support healthy populations of wild brown trout and increasing numbers of wild brook trout. To see Rich’s Guiding Brochure, with more information on these excellent spring creeks, click here.


Rich Osthoff speaks frequently at fly-fishing events. If your club or event is looking for a speaker, Rich can custom-build a program to fit your needs. In addition to his popular slide shows he is available to teach classes on fly-casting , fly-fishing, and fly-tying.  For more on Rich’s fly-fishing Programs and Presentations, click here.